History DeconstructedTrope / Literature

13th Apr '17 2:32:34 PM MagBas
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** It also had some fairly lengthy deconstructions of AlwaysChaoticEvil, basically arguing that any species you could call "sentient" must have the potential to choose good or evil.



*** TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin: The Animorphs do manage to save Earth, but one of the most important elements of the story is that they're massively outgunned and out of their league. They're only rarely successful in their missions. One of the major messages of the series is that, despite idealistic platitudes, victory ultimately goes to those who are ruthless and desperate enough to take the most extreme measures, not to the morally superior. While the Animorphs ''do'' succeed, it comes at a steep price and the loss of their innocence.
*** TheHero: Much of the series focuses on the concept of the hero, questioning whether there really can be such a thing in a war. While initially, the protagonists believed that they had the moral high ground and were doing the right thing, over time, that belief that they were doing the right thing faded away, replaced with the conviction that they were doing what was necessary. By the end of the series, none of them could really be considered heroes anymore.



* Fëanor from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' seems a deconstruction of TheAce and TheCharmer. He's the oldest son of Finwë, High King of the Noldor, and considered the greatest [[OurElvesAreBetter elf]] to have ever lived, a great warrior, skilled at craft, good-looking, charismatic, and has seven sons. However he's vain, arrogant, incredibly possessive of the three Silmarils he crafts, and is exiled when he threatens his half-brother. After his father's death he convinces most of the Noldor Elves to follow him to Middle-Earth to reclaim his jewels, and with his seven sons takes an oath to regain the Silmarils. This leads the Noldor into the kinslaying where Elf first slays Elf and Fëanor dying shortly after reaching Middle-Earth when he rushes straight on Angband. Meanwhile his actions leave the Noldor cursed for centuries and cause the deaths of six of his sons, with the survivor forced to remain in Middle-Earth.
10th Mar '17 2:53:13 PM Ilya_Rysenkov
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*** It is also heavily implied that behavior (and that's of her father's) is [[StepfordSmiler a coping mechanism for her mother's death.]]
16th Nov '16 1:13:49 PM Furienna
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' deconstructs the IndyPloy methods so much favored by Harry and other heroes flying by the seat of their pants. But Harry's 'throw plans together within a seconds notice' and 'survive now and deal later' mindset screw him over multiple times, such as when he goes to Bianca's party in the third book and starts the Vampire War, or in ''Changes'' when he [[spoiler: wiped out the entire Red Court of Vampires, winning the war -- and opening up a massive power vaccuum that is throwing the world into such chaos that even the mortals are beginning to take notice]].

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' deconstructs the IndyPloy methods so much favored by Harry and other heroes flying by the seat of their pants. But Harry's 'throw plans together within a seconds notice' and 'survive now and deal later' mindset screw him over multiple times, such as when he goes to Bianca's party in the third book and starts the Vampire War, or in ''Changes'' when he [[spoiler: wiped out the entire Red Court of Vampires, winning the war -- - and opening up a massive power vaccuum that is throwing the world into such chaos that even the mortals are beginning to take notice]].



* ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' deconstructs AllGirlsWantBadBoys, by showing exactly what happens when girls fall in love with troubled, angry men. Heathcliff is a 'bad boy', and Bronte shows exactly what this means; he's unstable, vindictive, violent, selfish and vicious. The relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine is depicted as being intensely passionate, but also intensely unhealthy (not least because they [[IncestIsRelative may]] or [[NotBloodSiblings may not]] actually be [[BrotherSisterIncest brother and sister]]), and Heathcliff's response to being spurned for another man is to embark on a single-minded crusade of vengeance that ultimately results in the ruination of both lovers and their immediate families for absolutely no point whatsoever. As if this wasn't enough to illustrate the point, Edgar Linton's foolish sister Isabella elopes with Heathcliff because she's attracted to his bad-boy image. She gets what she wants, but not in the way she expects; an abusive husband who is openly contemptuous and violent towards her, and makes no secret of the fact that he only married her to get at her brother. This hasn't stopped a MisaimedFandom growing around Heathcliff, however, who even to this day is considered a model of a romantic hero despite the fact that he's pretty much a sociopath -- something that Bronte intended to make absolutely clear.

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* ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' deconstructs AllGirlsWantBadBoys, by showing exactly what happens when girls fall in love with troubled, angry men. Heathcliff is a 'bad boy', and Bronte shows exactly what this means; he's unstable, vindictive, violent, selfish and vicious. The relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine is depicted as being intensely passionate, but also intensely unhealthy (not least because they [[IncestIsRelative may]] or [[NotBloodSiblings may not]] actually be [[BrotherSisterIncest brother and sister]]), and Heathcliff's response to being spurned for another man is to embark on a single-minded crusade of vengeance that ultimately results in the ruination of both lovers and their immediate families for absolutely no point whatsoever. As if this wasn't enough to illustrate the point, Edgar Linton's foolish sister Isabella elopes with Heathcliff because she's attracted to his bad-boy image. She gets what she wants, but not in the way she expects; an abusive husband who is openly contemptuous and violent towards her, and makes no secret of the fact that he only married her to get at her brother. This hasn't stopped a MisaimedFandom growing around Heathcliff, however, who even to this day is considered a model of a romantic hero despite the fact that he's pretty much a sociopath -- - something that Bronte intended to make absolutely clear.
6th Nov '16 4:07:44 PM dlchen145
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* ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' is a deconstruction of DracoInLeatherPants in its portrayal of {{Satan}}. He starts out all BadAss and charismatic, but as we get to know him more and more, he see that he's a whiny, self-pitying bully who bows to peer pressure from the other demons, [[ParentalIncest bangs his own daughter]] and arguably isn't even all that badass when compared to, say, [[TheCape Michael]] or KungFuJesus. The intention was to make the reader acknowledge that they felt the allure of sin but also that it leads nowhere good. However, he is for the most part still portrayed sympathetically enough, to the point that actually seeing him as living up to those traits isn't that far off, if he wasn't immersed in a sea of {{Wangst}}.

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* ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' is a deconstruction of DracoInLeatherPants in its portrayal of {{Satan}}. He starts out all BadAss badass and charismatic, but as we get to know him more and more, he see that he's a whiny, self-pitying bully who bows to peer pressure from the other demons, [[ParentalIncest bangs his own daughter]] and arguably isn't even all that badass when compared to, say, [[TheCape Michael]] or KungFuJesus. The intention was to make the reader acknowledge that they felt the allure of sin but also that it leads nowhere good. However, he is for the most part still portrayed sympathetically enough, to the point that actually seeing him as living up to those traits isn't that far off, if he wasn't immersed in a sea of {{Wangst}}.
10th Oct '16 9:54:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* ConservationOfNinjutsu is deconstructed in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Ghostmaker'', where the victory of Gaunt and a small group of troopers (exalted by some Eldar sorcery) over a thousands-strong Chaos force without taking casualties is found to simply not make sense given the tactical data, which should have had them killed to the last man, and is written off by analysts as a phantom engagement.

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* ConservationOfNinjutsu is deconstructed in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: GauntsGhosts'' Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Ghostmaker'', where the victory of Gaunt and a small group of troopers (exalted by some Eldar sorcery) over a thousands-strong Chaos force without taking casualties is found to simply not make sense given the tactical data, which should have had them killed to the last man, and is written off by analysts as a phantom engagement.
21st Jun '16 12:06:54 AM BenLinus
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** Finally, Tommy Wiseau himself is arguably deconstructed. Having gained the reputation as an infamous CloudCuckoolander, it's hard not to laugh at him in interviews, not just because the things he says are so bizarre, but because of his total sincerity in saying them. In the book, Wiseau is presented as a near-recluse with very few friends, little to no social skills, and someone who's likely suffering from severe mental illness (or, as theorized in the book, the aftermath of a terrible accident).

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** Finally, Tommy Wiseau himself is arguably deconstructed. Having gained the reputation as an infamous CloudCuckoolander, it's hard not to laugh at him in interviews, not just because the things he says are so bizarre, but because of his total sincerity in saying them. In the book, Wiseau is presented as a near-recluse with very few friends, little to no social skills, and someone who's is likely suffering from severe mental illness (or, as theorized in the book, the aftermath of a terrible accident).
21st Jun '16 12:06:05 AM BenLinus
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*** Finally, Tommy Wiseau himself is arguably deconstructed. Having gained the reputation as an infamous CloudCuckoolander, it's hard not to laugh at him in interviews, not just because the things he says are so bizarre, but because of his total sincerity in saying them. In the book, Wiseau is presented as a near-recluse with very few friends, little to no social skills, and someone who's likely suffering from severe mental illness (or, as theorized in the book, the aftermath of a terrible accident).

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*** ** Finally, Tommy Wiseau himself is arguably deconstructed. Having gained the reputation as an infamous CloudCuckoolander, it's hard not to laugh at him in interviews, not just because the things he says are so bizarre, but because of his total sincerity in saying them. In the book, Wiseau is presented as a near-recluse with very few friends, little to no social skills, and someone who's likely suffering from severe mental illness (or, as theorized in the book, the aftermath of a terrible accident).
21st Jun '16 12:05:41 AM BenLinus
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* ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'', a book talking about the making of ''Film/TheRoom'' and the author's time with Creator/TommyWiseau, deconstructs two things:

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* ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'', a book talking about the making of ''Film/TheRoom'' and the author's time with Creator/TommyWiseau, deconstructs two three things:



** The other is TheDeterminator trope. The book talks about actresses Juliette Danielle and Carolyn Minnott, who played Lisa and Claudette respectively, and the sheer hell these two women went through just for the sake of their dreams. There's also Tommy Wiseau himself, who thought himself perfect...

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** The other second is TheDeterminator trope. The book talks about actresses Juliette Danielle and Carolyn Minnott, who played Lisa and Claudette respectively, and the sheer hell these two women went through just for the sake of their dreams. There's also Tommy Wiseau himself, who thought himself perfect...perfect…
*** Finally, Tommy Wiseau himself is arguably deconstructed. Having gained the reputation as an infamous CloudCuckoolander, it's hard not to laugh at him in interviews, not just because the things he says are so bizarre, but because of his total sincerity in saying them. In the book, Wiseau is presented as a near-recluse with very few friends, little to no social skills, and someone who's likely suffering from severe mental illness (or, as theorized in the book, the aftermath of a terrible accident).
26th Apr '16 6:48:28 PM Qube
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* ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' is a deconstruction of DracoInLeatherPants in its portrayal of {{Satan}}. He starts out all BadAss and charismatic, but as we get to know him more and more, he see that he's a whiny, self-pitying bully who bows to peer pressure from the other demons, [[ParentalIncest bangs his own daughter]] and arguably isn't even all that badass when compared to, say, [[TheCape Michael]] or KungFuJesus. The intention was to make the reader acknowledge that they felt the allure of sin but also that it leads nowhere good. However, he is for the most part still portrayed sympathetically enough, to the point that actually seeing him as living up to those traits isn't that far off, if he wasn't emerged in a sea of {{Wangst}}.

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* ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' is a deconstruction of DracoInLeatherPants in its portrayal of {{Satan}}. He starts out all BadAss and charismatic, but as we get to know him more and more, he see that he's a whiny, self-pitying bully who bows to peer pressure from the other demons, [[ParentalIncest bangs his own daughter]] and arguably isn't even all that badass when compared to, say, [[TheCape Michael]] or KungFuJesus. The intention was to make the reader acknowledge that they felt the allure of sin but also that it leads nowhere good. However, he is for the most part still portrayed sympathetically enough, to the point that actually seeing him as living up to those traits isn't that far off, if he wasn't emerged immersed in a sea of {{Wangst}}.
31st Mar '16 6:22:30 AM GentlemensDame883
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* ''Literature/OutOfTheDark'' deconstructs HumansAreWarriors and HumansAdvanceSwiftly. The [[AliensAreBastards Bastard Aliens]] witnessed the English slaughtering the French at Agincourt and see how fast human tech is progressing compared to "civilised" races and are scared to hell. So they tell their enforcer race that everyone will turn a blind eye if an accident were to happen to us...

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* ''Literature/OutOfTheDark'' deconstructs ''Literature/OutOfTheDark'':
** Deconstructs
HumansAreWarriors and HumansAdvanceSwiftly. The [[AliensAreBastards Bastard Aliens]] witnessed the English slaughtering the French at Agincourt and see how fast human tech is progressing compared to "civilised" races and are scared to hell. So they tell their enforcer race that everyone will turn a blind eye if an accident were to happen to us...us...
** Weber also takes time goes out of his way to briefly deconstruct GunsAkimbo and [[OnlyAFleshWound shoulder flesh wounds]].
** MamaBear and PapaWolf also get deconstructed when Buchevsky argues that winter will bring the need to defend against good people with starving children.
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